TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 7: Items 40-31

Top 100 lists grow up so fast, don't they? Why, it seems only yesterday that we were in the 40s. Now we're about to crack open the 30s! Which means that if you're waiting for a particular moment to appear, it's nitty-gritty time. Have you seen anything for How to Be a Gentleman yet? What about The Playboy Club? No I Hate My Teenage Daughter? Uh-oh, things aren't looking good for those three.

We'll be posting 10 items each weekday through December 30, so check back often to see what made the cut!



40. Sarah Silverman and Jeff Goldblum guest-star on The League


FX's crass fantasy football comedy recruited two of our favorites for its Thanksgiving episode, and the casting was spot-on: Goldblum looks EXACTLY like Nick Kroll's dad (or at least what we assume his dad must look like), and seeing Silverman on TV again made us miss The Sarah Silverman Program even more. The two slid into the show like champs, and Silverman even out-raunched the rest of the cast with ease. Eating sorbet has now taken on a whole new meaning.

You can watch the full episode on Hulu right now, for a limited time.



39. MTV's pleasant surprises


After assaulting our senses with orange goombas and teens using their baby-makers to get on TV, the former music channel delivered two shows that are--*gulp*--actually good. Teen Wolf and Awkward. proved that we can no longer underestimate the Home of Snooki when it comes to original programming.



38. Enlightened's humanistic comedy


After Enlightened's initial episode--in which a screaming, mascara-streaked Amy Jellicoe (Laura Dern) had a very public, very funny meltdown--it was safe to assume this would be a series about a walking punchline and the hysterical lengths to which she'd go in order to improve her life. But over the course of its next nine episodes, Enlightened surprised us all by becoming a subtle yet powerful proponent of good intentions and the notion that self-improvement is indeed a noble quest. Mike White's wryly humanistic writing gave every character moments of redemption, whether it was Amy's rude (yet guilty) co-workers, her shy (yet lovelorn) cubicle mate, or even her cold (yet tragic) mother. Bring on Season 2!



37. Chuck gets hitched


Who woulda thunk the accidental spy would ever land the girl of his dreams!? Okay, it's a TV show so of course he would, and Chuck and Sarah tied the knot in the Season 4 finale. It seemed like the perfect capper to a fun series; it's too bad Season 5 and the Morgan-has-the-Intersect storyline have only gone downhill.



36. New Girl isn't just the Zooey D. show


Fox nabbing Zooey *Drool*schanel was one of the big casting grabs of the season, but we all feared New Girl's potential would be obscured by a 24/7 reliance on goofy Zooey. Instead, the comedy developed a mini family by realizing the importance of developing supporting characters.



35. Kelsey Grammer is Boss


Starz has a potential critics' favorite on its hands with its new political drama, and Kelsey Grammer is helming the ship is with a powerhouse performance as an ailing Chicago mayor. Boss is one of the best new shows of the season, and a lot of the credit goes to the former Frasier Crane. He's handled the move from comedy to drama like a... champ.



34. Charlie Sheen's meltdown (for a while, anyway)


Hey man, did you hear about Charlie Sheen?

Here's video proof of how much we, the media, milked this thing.



33. Walt breaks mad


Breaking Bad was straight-up sick this season, and one of the many images the show burned into our retinas was that of Walter White rolling around on the floor of his basement, transforming into Heisenberg, and cackling like a mad man. Chills to the bone.



32. Sterling Archer gets breast cancer


There's nothing funny about breast cancer, except when the world's cockiest male spy gets it. Over the course of Archer's "Stage Two" and "Placebo Effect," the macho spy was diagnosed with the Big C, made peace with his coworkers (a bizarre notion in and of itself), and underwent faux-chemotherapy via chewable tablets made of sugar pills and Zima. The rest of the story saw Archer setting out on a revenge-soaked rampage, complete with a Family Feud spoof in which strikes earned contestants a knee full of shotgun buckshot. Plus everyone got high.



31. Dr. Rosen's final speech on Alphas


When Syfy announced Alphas, it seemed like an attempt to throw Heroes and Law & Order into a blender. But the resulting smoothie was tasty, and the show became one of the summer's biggest surprises thanks to its fantastic characters (Gary FTW!). And the stirring speech by non-powered Dr. Rosen in the Season 1 finale gave us hope that the show will become more than just a one-season wonder.


The Archive:

12/19/2011: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 1 (100-91)

12/20/2011: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 2 (90-81)

12/21/2011: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 3 (80-71)

12/22/2011: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 4 (70-61)

12/23/2011: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 5 (60-51)

12/26/2011: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 6 (50-41)

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Schmidt is so good in New Girl totally agree with #36 .... but Archer only 32 ???

The cancer episode is PERFECT ... form beginning to the end ... pure gold !!
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Number #36 perfect!!! I'm so glad that new girl is not only about Jess...but also about her awesome roommates XD
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Teen Wolf was surprisingly good! Another guilty pleasure of mine. Those seem to be racking up I tell ya.



Okay...Charlie Sheen was kinda amusing for a bit.



Wait...Chuck is still on?!!
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MTV's pleasant surprise Teen Wolf was pretty good and I hope it returns!



New Girl isn't just the Zooey D. show as the other characters really add to and make the show what it is! I love New Girl!



Charlie Sheen was crazy and Walter White going Mad was a beautiful moment of TV 2011
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36 37 31 are all that really need to be mentioned.
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Absolutely loved that Chuck and Sarahs wedding is on the list.

I'm probably in the minority but I love season 5 especially AFTER Morgan got the Intersect out of his head.

Also loved Dr. Rosen's speech in Alphas
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I'm a major Alpha fan, can't wait for the series to return.
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"The League" has gotten better each year. The best episode was the premiere with the introduction of Dirty Randy as played by Seth Rogan (as well as gorgeous porn starlet Kayden Kross as one of his stars!)



Kudos also to Archer making the list. The two parter "Stage Two" and "The Placebo Effect" were two of the best episodes of the series. Archer actually bonding with the elderly cancer patient was actually touching.
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Good additions of Chuck getting hitched and Dr. Rosen's final speech on Alphas.
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Add Good Vibes to the MTV shows. Yes, the animation may be lacking and it's filled with some bad puns, cliches, and/or stereotypes, but it's light, good-hearted, optimistic fun to watch for what it is. I think of it as a Nickelodean show for adults.
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Crawl Space might be my favourite episode of Breaking Bad's season...there better be some BB love in the top ten.
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Ooooo! So many on this one! 40. Sarah Silverman and Jeff Goldblum made me soooo uncomfortable watching that episode that it was perfect! Jeff Goldblum's "O" face will be forever burned into my mind! 36, I love New Girl, I agreed with some of you at the beginning, thinking her being weird and awkward was going to stop being cute really fast, I'm happy they made us like (or find extremely annoying) the supporting characters, it can't always be about Zooey (even though I do adore her). 34. I remember when my friend called me and asked so what did I think about Charlie Sheen. At the time, I pretty much ignored what was going on, but she made me watch one video. I stared into the eyes of insanity and it was Charlie Sheen! And yes I did watch his videos live, if a crazy person has a manifesto, it's our duty to listen and watch. 33. Walter breaking mad. This is my favorite on the list. I got goosebumps watching that scene. 32. Sterling Archer getting cancer. Hilarious! And finally 31. I heart Gary! It really was a surprise this Summer for me. I read your first review and was like ok, they have the pilot On Demand, I'll go check it out and fell in love! Heroes had a good start, but got too messy and weird for my taste in the end. What I love about Alphas is that it keeps it simple, while giving us new insight into the characters every episode. So they will never need to repeat annoying one liners: "Save the Cheerleader, save the world."
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While Jeff Goldblum's guest appearance was pretty awesome because he and Nick Kroll have an uncanny resemblance, that awesomeness is immediately negated by the un-awesomeness of Sarah Silverman.
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I love Zooey D. I've watched her in (500) Days of Summer and thought she was cute and sweet. I've heard her songs from the group "She and Him" and have watched her in interviews thinking what a cool sweetheart she is.



Sadly, "New Girl" is where I draw the line. I gave it a shot for eight episodes but I couldn't continue on. Zooey's character just got way too crazy for me to handle any further and the other characters didn't particularly grow on me either.



I guess after watching Community, Parks & Recreation, and 30 Rock for a while, my standards for comedies have been set pretty high. And New Girl may have its absurd moments but it feels too self-contained a world for me to get into.
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That episode of The League was the best. Even better since I had a guinea pig.
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Totally agree whit number 39, Teen Wolf is an awesome show and i hope next season is going to be better, is a pity that the show doesn't have the atention it deserved (sorry for any mistake on the spelling but english isn't my native language)
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Walter scene's should be at least in the top 5 if not the one!. One of the greatest scene to ever aired in TV. brilliant work from Bryan..
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What? :o
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Clone High was originally on MTV, that was an awesome show (I'm still pissed that it was canceled after 1 season) so that made MTV legit. But that was few years ago.
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Chuck's wedding was good. And aside from the initial Morgan Episodes and what I can imagine of the baby episode this week. It has been pretty good. But only about the last three episodes.



However, one contention. New Girl is the Zoey D show. And that is about it. The rest of the characters have been either annoying or forgettable. And Jess is getting more annoying each episode. At least however they did the smart thing and didn't continue Justin Long's character. Because the two together were above the threshold of annoying. They should have stayed with Lake Bell and Eva Amurri those characters were funny.
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Awesome, I love that Alphas is in here and that last speech was amazing. Great show.

Also agree about MTV, Awkward is increadible.

Finally love New Girl
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loll I have to go with Charlie's cooking video over all the rest in this top 40-31. He just showed us it doesn't take more than 3:34 min to win ;)
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yay for chuck and sarah's wedding!! and i agree they realllllly should ended chuck at season 4, season 5 is just awful and uncomfortable to watch
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Walt's breakdown is by far the greatest ending to an episode that I've ever seen, and one of the best moments overall. While I haven't seen everything on this list, and it obviously comes down to personal opinion, I highly doubt that many of the moments which were rated higher actually deserve to be higher than that moment.
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Where is it? Where's my top 5? The top 5, TV.com? WHERE'S THE TOP 5???



You better make up for that terrible terrible mistake....or I'll send you a little friend of mine, that we like to call Huell. He saw this list. He's not happy. Not even "reasonably" happy.
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this list is now void. walt's meltdown on #33 only? c'mon
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Much like the others, I'm a tad shocked that Walt's Breaking Mad only made #33. I remember watching it with my jaw dropped and my arms completely covered in goosebumps. Should have been top 10... make that top 5 actually. Really curious now to see what surprises the top 10 holds for us.
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I saw "Sarah Silverman" in that week's description of the League and immediately deleted it off my DVR. She continues to disgust.
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I really thought Walt's meltdown would be in the top 15, probably top 10... 33 sucks. That whole scene with Walt, Skyler, and Marie was incredible television.



Also, Kelsey Grammer and Boss are fantastic.



Finally, I watch New Girl and it's pretty decent, but I don't think the supporting cast has been all that great... I still consider it Zooey's show.
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I hope the list isnt just allowed 1 mention of 1 show, even though you got to give a mention to Mos Defs performance on Dexter, the ending moment of the finale definitely needs to make it too, probably one of the top 10.



And Awkward is awesome nuff said!
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New Girl isn't a Zooey D show??????????

I don't like this show, maybe because i don't care about Zooey D and the rest isn't funny. And the only reasons i've heard why to watch this show, is Zooey D. And reading anything about this show, talks only about Zooey D, and i have no clue whatsoever about who else is in this show.



So how is it not the Zooey D show????????
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Her roommates??????????? And I don't know where you've been reading reviews then, because it's not just her show???????????????????????



(P.S. Can you use more question marks????????????????????)
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Hahaha!

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first of all if Walt breaks mad is your 33rd I would love to know what made it in your top 10

second of all Archer's Big C episodes were truly deserving to be in top 20 but 32nd isnt too bad
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40 was brilliant, The League has had a great year.

39 Awkward was great, I wasn't expecting to like it but, like Suburgatory, the supporting cast are great. I thought Ashley Rickards should have received a nod for best comedy actress.

37 This was one of my top highlights of the year. I'm a huge Chuck fan.

36 New Girl has grown on me, if I trim down my schedule it might not survive, but you're right about the supporting cast (which I predicted would need to happen), they have developed well.

35 Kelsey Grammer is much lower in the list than I would have expected. One of the stand-out drama actors of the year.

33 Haven't caught up with Breaking Bad yet - but I'm sure I;ll love it.

32 Archer is the best animated comedy of my lifetime - at least. Should have been higher in the list. Fantastic episodes, they were brilliantly funny.

31 Great speech by Rosen. I hope more of this show (Gary FTW!) features higher up.
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Walt's meltdown should be in the top 10!
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Kelsey Grammer is awesome as Tom Kane.

An Emmy-worthy performance if there ever was one.

I hoped he would be higher up the list though.
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Walt's only 33!! This might send me into a deep depression! No, I shouldn't get carried away, I'm sure the top 10 will be an all Breaking Bad top 10, that will make up for this injustice.
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